Clean bill of health at South Tyrone hospital

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SOUTH Tyrone Hospital is winning the war against infection, according to the latest hygiene inspection carried out by a health watchdog.

RQIA (the Regulation and Quality Improvement Authority) has published the results of their inspections at all acute hospitals, acute psychiatric admission wards and maternity delivery units in each health trust, comparing performance in 2009 and 2010.

The report concluded that: "Overall, there has been an improvement in the majority of areas and staff should be commended for the effort made towards improving hygiene and infection, prevention and control."

It said that South Tyrone Hospital had addressed the majority of risk factors from the previous inspection, however, some new and recurring issues were identified.

These included damaged chairs, soiled toilet brushes, unlocked disinfectants, wear and tear in the toilets of the Minor Injuries Unit and a treatment room being used as a utility room.

"Generally all areas were clean, however damaged chairs create the potential for the penetration of dirt and bacteria and some dust was noted on equipment and high and low surfaces", the inspectors noted.

Read the rest of this story in this week's issue of the TYRONE TIMES